July 2022

Golf Operations

Time seems to be flying and another month has passed us by.


“Liv Golf” seems to be taking the golf fraternity by storm and had a wonderful following over the weekend. Love it or hate it, it certainly has brought a new dimension to the game of golf and has done for golf what the IPL did for cricket. The dynamics of the golf game are changing. Lifestyles are much busier these days and the free time many people have on their hands is less. Speed of play is important as well as quicker formats and 9 holes are becoming more popular.


Having said that, please remember to support our OLA 9-HOLE CHALLENGE on 24th September. We would like to get the maximum rounds through on a given day. Fear not, should you wish to play 18, you would just book 2 x 9 holes.


Our league players are performing exceptionally well in the EPGU events, with Dillon Germshuys and Naldo Claassen finishing in a tie for 1st place in the Humewood Silver Salva. Dillon eventually came out on top after a playoff.


We have our FESTIVAL OF GOLF looming on the horizon at the beginning of November (1st to 6th). In conjunction with Walmer Golf Clubs 125th anniversary, we would love to make this an extremely memorable Festival. If any of our members have any ideas or would like to contribute, in any way, please contact The Pro Shop, Bar or the Club Manager and let us know.


Greenkeeper:

Although the rain has not been great for business, it is always welcomed by the greenkeeper. The occasional sprinkle of rain has assisted Caiphus in keeping the course green and in great condition.

They are calling this the Green Drought, as there is just enough rain to keep everything nice and green, but not enough to relieve the water situation and fill our dams.


Our Monday maintenance programmes have certainly helped the course and the greens staff to be able to work on the course and ensure that it is in pristine condition for our players for the rest of the week. Caiphus and his team top dress the greens every 2nd week as a preventative measure against certain diseases and he follows a rigid spray regime to ensure that the greens remain true and run at a decent speed. Generally, the greens in winter will be a little quicker due to the cooler temperatures. In summer, Caiph cuts them a little higher to protect them, due to the higher temperatures and the additional foot traffic.


A huge request from Caiphus is that all players PLEASE FIX THEIR PITCH MARKS on the greens and DIVOTS on the fairways, to assist him and his staff to keep the course in a great condition and ensure that the greens continue to improve.


In Conclusion:

If it goes right, it is a slice,

If it goes left, it is a hook

And if it goes straight, it is a MIRACLE!